31/01/2021 | Des Smith
What do we long for this year as a church? What do we really want to do this year? Two things: to go deeper into our faith, and to go further with the gospel into our city.
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Like every year, we want to go deeper into our faith in 2021.
We’re convinced that every single one of us has a purpose in life. You can summarise the Bible’s teachings on our purposes in lots of different ways, but one way to summarise them is through a simple, ‘5M’ memory hook. We want to:
- magnify God in all that we do;
- be on mission to those who don’t yet know him;
- be members together of his people, the church;
- Mature more and more into the likeness of Christ;
- and Minister to one another and our world as we wait for Christ’s return.
So, our vision for this year – like every year – is to see all of us grow in God’s purposes for our lives: to be more passionate in worship, urgent in mission, loving of each other, eager to change for the better, and willing to serve.
Obviously, this will only happen if God does this work in our lives, and so we must pray. But we also want to keep structuring ourselves as a church more consciously around these purposes – forming Purpose Teams and appointing Purpose Drivers at all our gatherings – and this is what we want to keep doing this year.
But we don’t just want to go deeper into our faith this year. We want to go further with our faith, into Adelaide. And that means church planting.
This year, we’d love to start planning to plant out west. We’ve already got a group of people meeting at Temple Christian College in Mile End in the morning. Wouldn’t it would be great if, in time, that became the core of something bigger? A new church, meeting further out west? We’d love to see that happen.
We’d love to see that keep happening, for years to come, because we’ve seen how God has used church planting in the past. In 2001, we were a church of 800 people. We then decided to plant, in Aldgate, and now we’re a Network of 11 churches and 2,400 people. Praise God! We would love to see this keep happening around our Network and from our church, because we’ve seen how church planting reaches new people.
What can I do?
Here are three things you can do to partner in God’s work of growing his church at Trinity.
We’re helpless without God. Therefore we must pray. Spurgeon said, ‘Prayer is the breath of faith.’ God says, ‘Pray continually’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We must pray.
Pray that God would grow us in our:
- passion to magnify him,
- urgency to be on mission,
- love for each other as members of Christ’s body,
- longing to grow in maturity, and
- willingness to serve in ministry.
The next way we can partner in God’s work is serving. There are so many ways we can serve: in our Sunday gatherings up the front or behind the scenes, in our small groups, in kids or youth or student or internationals ministry, in pastoral care, in … well, you get the picture! The opportunities are endless.
So, if you’re not yet serving, let us know how you’d like to. We need your gifts!
The Bible encourages all Christians to give generously to support the work of their local church.
‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
How much should you give? That’s up to you. However, the Old Testament concept of the ‘tithe’ is a good starting point. In the Old Testament, people gave 10% of their income to God’s work, and other, once-off gifts on top of that. Christians are no longer bound by this law, of course: we can give less, or more, depending on our situation. But why not start with 10% as your starting point for what you give to gospel work – both at church and to other gospel organisations – and then work out from there how much more or less you can give?
2021 Vision booklet
If you’d like to know more about our vision you can read our 2021 Vision booklet.